Pollution Prevention in the Department of Defense
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The highly successful hazardous waste minimization programs carried out by the Military Services and Defense Agencies over the past several years have reduced hazardous waste generation by more than half Similarly, nonhazardous solid waste management programs are well on the way to achieving significant reductions. Unfortunately, the high costs of efforts to sustain day- to-day compliance and cleanup of contamination have left little beyond survival-level resources available for pollution prevention initiatives, which ultimately have the greatest potential for future benefits. This report proposes positive actions to further pollution prevention as the method of choice for sustained environmental compliance and for the future direction of the overall DoD environmental program. It addresses in detail the definition of pollution prevention, provides definitive examples to illustrate its meaning, summarizes major pollution prevention initiatives within DoD and private industry, and highlights those initiatives holding the greatest promise for broad application across the DoD Components. It also provides recommendations for how DoD can strengthen its position to meet its environmental security objectives and affirm its national leadership role in pollution prevention.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control